Stafford Speedway To Host SRX Racing July 13th For Thursday Night Thunder Live On ESPN

(Press release from Stafford Speedway)

Superstar Racing Experience officials have announced their 2023 season schedule and for the 3rd consecutive season will make a stop at Stafford Speedway. Stafford Springs, CT will host the first event of the 2023 season, Thursday, July 13th. The entire SRX schedule will air live on ESPN under the “ESPN Thursday Night Thunder” branding.

“The six tracks we selected came from a list of 42 fantastic venues, all who had real interest in hosting an SRX race this summer,” said Don Hawk, SRX Chief Executive Officer. “When selecting the schedule, we prioritized historic tracks that have had success hosting big-time events. We are really excited with the six tracks that have been selected – the venues will be packed and bring incredible energy and local racing passion that will come out on ESPN for Thursday Night Thunder…  It was important to us to kick-off this summer at Stafford Motor Speedway, in Bristol’s (CT) backyard. Stafford and the Arute Family have done a first-class job, and the proximity to ESPN made the home game concept very exciting…”

Stafford SRX Event Information

“The race fans have earned another SRX event at Stafford,” explained Stafford Speedway CEO Mark Arute. “The atmosphere at the first two SRX events at Stafford was incredible. Moving to a Thursday night under the lights will present an opportunity to see even more superstars battle it out on the half-mile. This will be another can’t miss event at Stafford Speedway, thank you to the entire SRX team for bringing the show to Stafford again.”

The Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) debuted at Stafford in 2021. A sold out crowd witnessed hometown hero Doug Coby take home the victory. The 2022 event also had a fairytale ending with Ryan Newman returning to victory lane with both his daughters by his side. Drivers for the 2023 SRX racing event are expected to be announced in early 2023. 

Tickets for the July 13th Superstar Racing Series event will go on sale January 5th online at Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early as both of the previously held SRX racing events were sold out over a month prior to the event.  Full event schedule and support division information will be announced in the coming weeks.


  1. OK then the dots have been connected, those new bleachers in turn one look to get a good workout between the Sizzler, SRX and MMTTS Fall final as the the big time returns to Connecticut for an amazing third year in a row. Can the track once again turn in a spectacular visual of full stands is the question?
    First year the tickets sold out way before the event. Last year tickets were available almost up to the event. ESPN is good but not really network TV is it and it is a weekday.
    Gonna take all hands on deck to put this one over the top is my thinkin.
    Hopefully a new wrinkle of some sort is afoot aside from the Sizzler winner being included. Something they’ll just have to repeat it worked out so well last year.
    Fingers crossed it works out.

  2. I am happy for Stafford. They have to be doing something right. They are the only track that has had a race on the SRX schedule each year. I dont think any other track has hosted the event more than once. That includes Eldora, a track owned by Tony Stewart which you would think would be favored. Hopefully it’s another grandstand filler for Stafford. They deserve a great night and the recognition that comes with a packed house. With the cuppers in NH that weekend I wouldn’t be surprised to see some heavy weights in the field. Tony Stewart likes to ruffle Nascars feathers, no better way than to have a few big names racing SRX a few days before Cup in NH. i fully expect Ryan Preece to be there as one of the celebrity drivers. Would be a good draw for local attendance too.

  3. It depends on the drivers if it’s Jeff Gordon and JR not Paul Tracy and Justin Mark the place will be full

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